What is anxiety? Ask an Expert!

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The Anxiety Triangle

 

Dr. Expert:

When we’re anxious, it affects our thoughts, body, and behaviours. For example, imagine that you’re out walking your dog, and a skunk pops out of the bushes. You will have thoughts about the skunk such as, “What if it sprays us?” Your body will also react (pupils dilate, heart beats faster, muscles tense up) and you’ll probably try to run away.

 

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